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    NTFC to FAT 32 conversion problems?

    I have bought a new external 1tb drive to use on a PC and a Mac. I need to convert it from NTFC to FAT 32 the normal way I do it is by doing Windows format and selecting FAT 32 but the option is not there?

    Has anyone got any suggestions, I am on a Vista at the moment.

    Thanks!

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    I'm presuming that if you need the drive for mac & pc, you have a mac ?

    If you do have a mac, plug the external drive in and open up disk utility (applications/utilities/disk utility).

    Click on the drive in the left hand pane, then select partition from the options in the main pane. You can either have just the one partition and format it to FAT32 or one than one if you want to use it on the mac too. In which case, make 2 partitions and format to mac osx journaled and FAT32.

    You would be better off getting ntfs drivers for your mac or hfs drivers for windows as fat32 is pointless on a drive of that size

    Original Poster

    Its primary use will be to edit videos on a Mac and a Pc so it has to be FAT 32.

    @matt3454 why would it be pointless? I currently have a 500gb FAT 32 drive as a back up drive.

    Heres a link to a FAT32 format program should do your job.

    ]http//ww…047

    i'm sorry to butt in but does anyone know if there is data on a NTFS, can you partion the remaining amount to FAT32?

    e.g. 500GB hard drive that is NTFS...currently 200GB taken up, can the other remaining 300GB be partioned to FAT32?

    Remember that FAT32 has a maximum file size of 4GB. It's also more susceptible to fragmentation than NTFS. If you can safely say you'll never need to store a 4GB file on it then it should be ok. You can always split a 4gb+ file if you need to store it...

    killabyte;8138770

    i'm sorry to butt in but does anyone know if there is data on a NTFS, can … i'm sorry to butt in but does anyone know if there is data on a NTFS, can you partion the remaining amount to FAT32? e.g. 500GB hard drive that is NTFS...currently 200GB taken up, can the other remaining 300GB be partioned to FAT32?



    yes, you can partition it and format each with different file systems. If the whole drive is already NTFS and the free 300GB is just free space, not RAW unformatted space - then you'll need to resize the partition so you have one 200GB and one 300GB. I'm sure there are tools out there that can do this - might require you to reformat the whole drive and lose the data on it though.

    oldmanhouse;8138834

    yes, you can partition it and format each with different file systems. If … yes, you can partition it and format each with different file systems. If the whole drive is already NTFS and the free 300GB is just free space, not RAW unformatted space - then you'll need to resize the partition so you have one 200GB and one 300GB. I'm sure there are tools out there that can do this - might require you to reformat the whole drive and lose the data on it though.



    hmmm thats wot i was thinking i might have to reformat it all...if anyone does know any software that can do wot i am asking then please let me know...it will save my buying another hard drive...just need it to backup my ps3 so i can upgrade the hard drive

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    Krosus;8138706

    Heres a link to a FAT32 format program should do your … Heres a link to a FAT32 format program should do your job.]http://www.filetransit.com/download.php?id=63047



    Downloaded and formatting now, looks like its going to take ages. :roll:

    Fingers crossed :thumbsup:

    NTFC= Northampton Town Football Club
    NTFS=New Technology File System.

    we all knew what you meant :-)

    Use EASEUS, takes minutes.

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    ricko;8140649

    NTFC= Northampton Town Football ClubNTFS=New Technology File System.we … NTFC= Northampton Town Football ClubNTFS=New Technology File System.we all knew what you meant :-)



    Ha oops :oops:

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    thesaint;8140968

    Use EASEUS, takes minutes.



    Will do if the other one fails. Thanks for the help guys :thumbsup:

    thesaint;8140968

    Use EASEUS, takes minutes.



    I haven't used Easeus but fast formatting of this type is done by simply erasing the disk's file table. It usually takes seconds to complete a fast format.

    A full format also does this and then checks and erases each sector. Takes longer but will find any disk errors. The time taken is hardware dependant.

    Full format is recommended for new disks or disks which are about to have a new OS installed

    Original Poster

    Korsus' software he suggested took all night. Downloaded Easesus also that took 10 seconds!

    Original Poster

    Tried both programs, it says its in FAT 32 and works on the PC when I plug it into my Mac it says its not compatable and I need to format it to Mac OS Extended?

    Why are things never easy!

    Original Poster

    Managed to format it on the Mac
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